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Editor’s note:  When Catherine McConnell agreed to move to the position of Production Manager and Layout and Design Editor,  joined the staff of L-H as the Advertising Representative/Production Assistant. L-H has asked Jodi to introduce herself, which she agreed to do.

I was fortunate enough to grow up in Gimli, a town that flourishes in Icelandic culture and creativity. My afi Albert has always been a tremendous inspiration to me. He’s got the strongest work ethic and the biggest heart. He is also an amazing violin player which is why I’m not surprised that my love for the arts came first with music.  I have this strange obsession with the drums. In high school I was involved in anything and everything music related. Percussion ensemble, jazz & concert band and also had my own personal band called The Paps. We played at the núna (now) festival, had the opportunity to open for Guy Maddin’s My Winnipeg, and even made an appearance in
Lögberg-Heimskringla with an interview/album review by
Mykael Sopher. That being the first introduction to the L-H, I was immediately hooked.

 Starting at the age of 16 my summer job had been working at The New Iceland Heritage Museum in Gimli, where I discovered my love for graphic design. Tammy was an amazing lady to work for and gave me full creative control designing ads and media tools for the NIHM. When it was time for me to leave and go to university, the choice was easy. I knew that I had to pursue design!

After I had gained enough experience at the University of Manitoba majoring in graphic design and photography, it was time to get out into the real world. I’ve always loved the mountains and needed to get away from the city, so I applied for a residency placement at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Stefanie Blondal Johnson and I spent three weeks out there making music on full scholarship with our band Mise en Scene. When I came back Tammy had recommended that I apply at Lögberg-Heimskringla, which was an obvious fit for me. It has been such a wonderful experience working here so far. I get to leave work every day with a sense of accomplishment. I’m looking forward to the future and very much excited to be on board with
Lögberg-Heimskringla.

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